No. 17 USC Aiken tallied 25 hits and four four-run innings to beat Georgia Regents 19-7 on Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Ryan Metzler tied USC Aiken’s single-game record with five hits while driving in three runs.
Jaguars coach Jason Eller said Metzler presented problems from the first pitch.
“They have a good lineup, Eller said. “We had a tough time getting Metzler out. The top of their order can hit it on the ground and run really well.”
Sean Miller added four hits and four runs for USC Aiken. Kody Belcher and Tyler
Moore each had three hits, two RBI and scored twice.
Ben Donath and Ty Barkell had two hits each and both scored three times.
The Jaguars committed four errors, three of which led to runs and included Moore stealing home.
“We didn’t play very good defense. When you make four or five errors in a game, your pitchers start trying to do things that they aren’t accustomed to doing,” Eller said. “Aiken does a lot of things that can give a pitching staff fits and they did that to us today.”
In the second, Miller hit a shot into the left field gap, and an error was made, allowing two runs to score. The Pacers wound up scoring four times in the inning.
“We started out really rough on the mound. Getting those four runs in the second was crucial to get us going,” USC Aiken coach Kenny Thomas said. “After we got those runs our pitchers settled down. They got three runs in the next inning to tie the score, but after that we got solid production from our pitchers.”
“Offensively we were pretty good. The ball that got by the left fielder was huge for us. We were down and we needed a spark.”
“He made a good effort to try and throw him out at the plate, but the ball just got by him. When you get 25 hits in a game though, you are usually going to win.”
JD Sabo went 3 for 5 with a double for the Jaguars (16-25, 8-15) while Tyler Roberts added two RBI and two hits.
Eller said he is eager to see how his team will respond to this situation.
“The biggest thing moving forward is to see how our team reacts tomorrow,” Eller said. “We lost a tough one Friday night and got our doors blown off today. We’ll find out how mentally tough we are and see if we can salvage a game in this series.”
The finale of the three-game series at 2 p.m. today at Lake Olmstead.